The King Jesus Gospel by Scot McKnight

The King Jesus Gospel

Contemporary evangelicals have built a "salvation culture" but not a "gospel culture." Evangelicals have reduced the gospel to the message of personal salvation. This book makes a plea for us to recover the old gospel as that which is still new and still fresh. The book stands on four arguments: that the gospel is defined by the apostles in 1 Corinthians 15 as the completion of the Story of Israel in the saving Story of Jesus; that the gospel is ...

Details The King Jesus Gospel

TitleThe King Jesus Gospel
Release DateSep 25th, 2011
GenreReligion, Theology, Christian, Nonfiction, Christianity, Christian Living, Faith, Evangelism, New Testament, Spirituality

Reviews The King Jesus Gospel

  • JR Rozko
    Scot wrote a book that needed to be written and wrote it well. It will appeal to a broad readership. Some will understand it... and get angry. Others will misunderstand it... and get angry. Then there will be people like me... who get it, but far from getting angry, feel like he should have said more, or at least different things in order to A) get his point across and B) be more constructive w/ his proposal. In the final analysis, I think he doe...
  • Gregory
    Scot McKnight's new book, "The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited," is a keeper. In fact, I would say it's one of the best theological books I've ever read. Part of what makes it exciting is that McKnight is excited himself! You can sense his energy and his joy in his subject, as he leads us step-by-step through his own theological development. It takes some work to read Jesus in his own context, and McKnight is patient with us.I...
  • Janet Richards
    This is a book that really tells you much about the how or the who. What it does very well for a long-time church girl like me is challenge theology I've been exposed to that has weakened my understanding of the gospel. I grew up in an old testament, doomsday cult. They were slightly less extreme than you are probably thinking, but only slightly. I have a lot of theological and spiritual baggage from that experience, but one of the things that wa...
  • Nathan Mladin
    Much needed corrective to soteric reductionism (sobering quote: "We have reduced the life of Jesus to Good Friday, and therefore reduced the gospel to the crucifixion, and then soterians have reduced Jesus to transactions of a Savior" - p. 119). My main quibble with McKnight is that he's given us a more or less snappy, little book, when such an important theme would have deserved a lengthier and even more nuanced treatment. For example, his defin...
  • John
    McKnight started to write a book that desperately needed to be written, unfortunately he didn't finish it.The strength of McKnight's book is in his message that "we evangelicals (mistakenly) equate the word gospel with the word salvation. Hence, we are really “salvationists.” When we evangelicals see the word gospel, our instinct is to think (personal) “salvation.” We are wired this way. But these two words don’t mean the same thing, an...
  • Robert Martin
    Every now and then, someone comes along and writes a book that turns upside down all our thinking about what Christianity is all about and what we're supposed to be doing in the meantime. Some folks have said that Brian McClaren's books"Generous Orthodoxy" or "A New Kind of Christian" were such a book. Those books, however, only asked a lot of questions and really didn't put forward many answers. There was no roadmap, really, of how to move forwa...
  • Brett
    Defining the gospel has become a battleground between warring theologies. Is the gospel primarily about justification by faith, the kingdom of God, or the restoration of all things? McKnight’s offering here is an important (game changing?) contribution to the discussion. McKnight begins at First Corinthians 15 and fleshes out the contours of the gospel: The story of Israel (shorthand for God’s self-revelation throughout the OT) brought to com...
  • Laura
    This book happens to be written by my dad, so you should read it! :) I like how he concludes the book, with C.S. Lewis' description of Aslan (Jesus):Watch the Lion roam.Watch the Lion die on the Stone Table.Watch the Stone Table crack with new creation powers.Listen to the Lion's Roar.Trust the Lion.Love the Lion.Live for the Lion.This sums up our gospel as Christians, the King Jesus Gospel.
  • Benjamin
    I had heard some rave reviews of this book, so thought I'd give it a chance. However, since I was already familiar with some of the basic ideas in it, my expectations were not overly high. The problem McKnight proposes to tackle is truly an important one: how to see those in churches become disciples. While the discussion is worthy, I don't believe that his answer really holds water.In the introduction, the author makes this statement: "Evangelic...
  • Ali Wurm
    Yup. This is the root of the gospel, by which, believers should be orienting their lives. Our misunderstandings of the gospel, keep us from living it well, and from understanding the true nature of God. "If I am asked to break the gospel and a gospel culture down into simple statements, I would borrow from the imagery from the man from Northern Ireland, from Belfast, C.S. Lewis. From The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, where we first meet the s...
  • Bo White
    The primary thrust of the book is two-fold: 1) take the whole Bible seriously when articulating the gospel, 2) bullet point salvation stories don't tell the whole story. Scot McKnight does a good job in this of being critical and friendly simultaneously and builds bridges to those he knows will either disagree or find some thing controversial. This is no small point. Preaching to the proverbial choir is en vogue (or so it seems) and speaking acro...
  • David
    McKnight asks the question, "what is the Gospel?" He argues that when evangelicals answer this question, they are usually presenting the plan of salvation and not the gospel. While salvation is included in the gospel, it is not the gospel. Part of his argument here is that the "gospel" many evangelicals preach is not what Jesus preached which means Jesus did not preach the gospel. Such a point alone should cause us to rethink things.McKnight star...
  • Brad
    One of the things I love about the holidays is a little extra time to read. I've been really enjoying that this season, as I'm now posting my second review in three days, this time moving from the world of fiction to Christian Ministry/Theology with Scot McKnight's The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited.I'll cut right to the chase: Over on GoodReads, I gave this 5 out of 5 stars without thinking twice. It's one of the best books ...
  • Nate Claiborne
    At this point, I’ll be brief. I’ll say right off that I enjoyed reading this book and felt that McKnight made his points in a clear and compelling manner. He was generous in his criticisms when at times he could have been much more sharp and made some disparaging remarks. I might not be personally inclined to accept that his sketch of the problem is accurate, and there is some question as to who McKnight is specifically addressing in this boo...
  • Chris
    I notice there are many great reviews on what Scot McKnight has done with this particular piece of writing. I won't rehash what has already been said.Perhaps the best thing I could say (or would want someone to say if it were my book) is that this explanation of the Gospel and the Story we say we believe has motivated me more than any other recent book I've read to press on in my own journey with Christ.I want to spend more time in the Scriptures...
  • James
    There is so much that is good here about not letting gospel be reduced to a personal salvation plan but hearing it as Jesus fulfilling the entire story of Israel that I was tempted to give this 5 stars. I reason I didn't is that most of it has been said before (My wife called it N.T. Light) and that his foil seems a bit of a strawman. That evangelicals reduce the gospel to individualistic salvation I don't doubt and have seen, so I think its an i...
  • Jeff Bettger
    WOW! This is the book every Christocentric Evangelical Theologian should begin with. We so often forget that the life, death, resurrection, ascension of Jesus Christ has more significance than our "Personal Salvation". This is book is a great reminder of an active living, loving God who is reconciling all things to Himself, and ruling over all creation. Christ is the fulfillment of scripture, and that is bigger than we generally preach. As a past...
  • John
    Scott McKnight’s The King Jesus Gospel only came out seven years, but its influence along with the voices of NT Wright and others have been so influential (in ways both direct and indirect) that reading The King Jesus Gospel for the first time I was surprised how little of the culture in evangelical circles that McKnight criticizes is still present. This may sound like a criticism or even a backhanded compliment. I really don’t intend it to b...
  • Jeff McCormack
    Great book! Hits the nail on the head about how today's gospel is in fact not really that. Today we have taken a small portion of the gospel and use it as THE gospel. We have made the full gospel into simply a "plan of salvation" or "method of persuasion" leaving behind the full story of the gospel. This has caused, over the past few hundred years, quite a weak and less captivating message that does not lead to discipleship, but only decision-ism...
  • Brianna
    This book asks the question of how close what we commonly understand/present as "the gospel" lines up with what we see of "the gospel" in Scripture. Addresses differences and similarities and presents suggestions what returning to the original Gospel might look like. (Took a little while for me to grasp what was being presented. Partially due to the number of other books I was simultaneously reading, I felt somewhat lost, but I hope to reread it ...
  • Steve
    If you have an interest in Christian Theology I recommend this read. I'm down for listening to any New Testament Scholar who has points as to what we're doing wrong as Christians and in particular Christians here in America. His focus though is in 'revisiting' the apostolic Gospel (which is/should be our Gospel as well) and how the word Gospel itself is often confused today which can potentially make the term more about ourselves than about Jesus...
  • Ethan Smith
    I've never been so jacked up to read the whole Bible in the next 90 days. McKnight does a brilliant job of connecting the dots in the entire Story of God. It made me rethink how I evangelize, how I preach, and how I must effectively communicate the whole gospel of Jesus Christ. It starts with knowing the gospel—not just the John 3:16-type verses—but the entire Story from creation to consummated kingdom.
  • Maxwell
    I think McKnight does a good job of asserting his belief about what exactly "the gospel" is. But perhaps be does it a bit too much. The book can become extremely repetitive, with his thesis making it into every chapter of the book excessively, maybe on every page or in every paragraph. Read this for class, not normally something I would choose to read, but I found it enlightening overall.
  • Justin Gill
    I think Dr. McKight's evaluation of what "gospel" has become and how to recover its more robust and ancient meaning is completely accurate. It is only through reforming our understanding of the Gospel, which will include identity challenges and changes for American Christians, will Christians in America be able to exist and grow in a healthy way for the future.
  • John
    [I've removed my previous review here because it was far too dismissive with taking the space to represent McKnight well. I do believe my critique has merit, but I wasn't fair in how I explained McKnight's position]
  • James Korsmo
    Scot McKnight, professor of religious studies at North Park University, is a widely respected academic, with important books in a number of topics in New Testament studies, and he is also widely known as a popular speaker, author, and blogger. This means he is uniquely positioned to bring academic learning to bear on a wider audience, and this is exactly what he does in The King Jesus Gospel. There are so many ways one could approach the review o...
  • Keith
    I probably appreciate The King Jesus Gospel for different reasons than many people do. Many people probably see Scot McKnight in this book simply as swerving away from an overly Pauline, individualistic, salvation-centered, "soterian" view of the New Testament that just focuses on getting people to make a decision, pray a prayer, and wait to go to heaven when they die. What I see is McKnight sailing deftly between two potential shipwrecks: the Sc...
  • Craig Hurst
    “I believe the word gospel has been kijacked by what we believe about ‘personal salvation,’ and the gospel itself has been reshaped to facilitate making ‘decisions.’ The result of this hijacking is that the word gospel no longer means is our world what it originally meant to either Jesus or the apostles (pg. 26).”This statement summarizes what Scot McKnight seeks to communicate in his new book The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good ...
  • Keith Clark
    Let me start with a confession: I am weary of sociologists and pollsters assuming the role(s) of vision-caster(s) for the church in North America. I appreciate the (objective?) data they unearth and the descriptions of current realities they provide. I’m not, however, a fan of the prescriptions they, along with marketing experts, offer for all that ails the church (or more accurately and specifically, the declining number of people who claim to...
  • Joe
    Scot McKnight is a Biblical scholar who serves as an American counterpart to N.T. Wright. I've enjoyed other works by McKnight (including The Blue Parakeet and The Jesus Creed) and was looking forward what is often described as one of the best introductions to kingdom theology.However, I was not impressed with The King Jesus Gospel. Because of McKnight's academic tone in this short book, it is not one I would recommend to people who are just now ...